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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

First hour: How a local program is helping asylum seekers start new lives in Rochester

Second hour: Danielle Ponder on creating the theme song for the TV series, "Manhunt"

A local program is helping families seeking asylum start new lives. Through its Migrant Relocation Assistance Program, Ibero-American Action League has helped 65 families settle in the Rochester area since the fall. The program connects migrants to affordable housing, clothing, food, education and job opportunities, and more. This hour, we talk with two of the program’s leaders about their work and the impact it has had. Our guests:

  • Miguel Meléndez, chief community engagement officer at Ibero-American Action League, and president of Rochester City Council
  • Daisy Ruiz-Marin, director of migrant services at Ibero-American Action League

Then in our second hour, Rochester’s own Danielle Ponder has achieved another career milestone. The internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter was chosen to create the theme song for the Apple TV+ series, “Manhunt.” The historical thriller follows the hunt for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. This hour, we talk with Ponder about writing and performing the theme, entitled “Egún.” We’re also joined by history professor Justin Behrend to discuss why the assassination and hunt for Wilkes Booth still captures our attention. Our guests:

  • Danielle Ponder, internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter
  • Justin Behrend, professor of history at SUNY Geneseo
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.